About Us

Picture of Rimakej and Cristophe Valentini posing close together and smiling while sitting on the bank of the Guadalupe River in Texas, USA.

Welcome to Happy Hooligan Homestead!

HHH began as Half Hectare Homestead, a small acreage holistic homestead we ran together near San Antonio, Texas, USA for five years. Now HHH is Happy Hooligan Homestead, a growing sustainable and inclusive homesteading community in upstate New York, USA! Follow our journey through our personal blogs here on the HHH website. And maybe even learn some nifty information about conscious health-based living! 

We hope to eventually develop this community to be a teaching center, seed library, natural living retreat, and more! We also hope to include future apprenticeship programs designed to give participants the skills they need to start their own food raising journey. The retreat option will also give people the chance to sample the sustainable homesteading lifestyle and/or simply enjoy a nature-based break from city-living. We’ll be keeping you updated as we grow, so stay tuned!

Backgrounds:

Full body picture of Cristophe sitting perched on a large oak tree branch in a Houston, Texas, USA park.

Cristophe Valentini (he/him)

My constant interest in the study of life led me to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences. I have also gardened since age 5 in whatever space I had available to me. Be it small pots on a window sill or apartment patio, to full on pastures. The majority of my personal time has always been devoted to reading a wide variety of books, often about plants and their uses. Through this personal research I grew my passion for sustainability.

In the Fall of 2016, I made the leap to a full-time commitment of homesteading near San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Since then, I completed 1,000 hours of education on Herbalism from the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. I’ve also read even more books than I care to count, picked up more skills many forgot, and learned something new every day.

Now, I am compiling all of my experiences and gained knowledge to plan and execute the growing of our homesteading community!

Full body picture of Rimakej posing, while standing in between two old rock wall buildings that have vines and moss growing on them in Totnes, Devon, UK.

Rimakej Lynn Valentini (they/them)

My passion for the study of life led me to gain my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with an Environmental Science minor. I also worked for six years as an Aviculture Animal Care Specialist. I loved working with wildlife so much that I even advanced to a senior position. Yet the capitalistic extortion built into this career path was taking it’s toll on my health. So, I channeled my passions for Nature towards my home life, and switched to a human based medical career. First as a Phlebotomist and then as a Laboratory Technologist.

When Cristophe made the leap into full-time homesteading, I continued to conventionally work. Whatever time I had free though, I committed to learning more about sustainability. This time helped me to experience the pleasure of healthy work that directly promoted my own well being. I also found immense joy in seeing, hearing, and feeling the life of Nature return to the land around us year after year.

In October of 2020, Cristophe and I committed to putting our health first. I left my conventional job, and we entered a transitional phase. This time included many learning experiences that taught us more about ourselves, the diversity of life around us, and how to live more in balance with Nature. Some lessons came from our time living in the UK with my parents. Some from our temporary work at Cibolo Gardens Nature Preserve and Event Center. And, some from continually aiding Cris’ mother with her small gardens in Houston, Texas, USA suburbia. Most came from our own personal growth as we focused much of this time on healing ourselves.

Now, we can share that health with others! We’re building upon all we’ve learned to advance the growth of our new homesteading community!